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January 11, 2015 Bulletin

SERVING OUR GENERATION

“David served his own generation by the will of God”-Acts 13:36

David served his own generation very well and he has been serving all generations ever since.   How many of us has he ministered unto by the words he pinned down thousands of years ago.  His writings have given us light as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  In our sorrows he has encouraged us to hope in God who is the help of our countenance.  King David is dead but he yet is speaking and serving us till this very day.

When it comes to serving your own generation, you may be very useful, if it be God’s will.  We can’t write a book but we can pray.  Prayer to God has accomplished more than all the books of man combined.  “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  The Lord may never inspire you to write a song but if he gives you a heart to come to the throne of grace and plead for your generation that may well accomplish much.

Don’t all of us have neighbors who are lost?  Don’t we have loved ones who are without Christ and hope?  Who knows if God may use us as an instrument to win them?  John Bunyan overheard two ladies speaking of the love of Christ to their souls and it was God’s will to use their words in the conversion of Mr. Bunyan.   And look how that man has served so many generations.  Oh, if God wills it, one word spoken from your feeble lips may well bring down the kingdom of Satan in a poor sinner’s heart.

You are not called to travel and preach the gospel, but there are nursing homes just a few miles away with people who need the Holy Scriptures read to them.  I know a lady who took time to go to the nursing home daily for a year or more to read the word of God to a person dying of cancer.  One man told me he had gone to visit a man in the hospital who had only days to live.  He read the forth chapter of John to the dying man and hearing that the Savior had saved the sinful Samaritan woman, the man began then and there to seek the Lord himself and confessed that very day that the Lord Jesus had saved him too.  You and I may feel like we can do very little.  But little is much if God is in it.  Let us be like that dear woman in the gospels who did what she could.  Let us do what we can to serve our own generation, and eternity may witness that it was more then we could ever imagined – simply because it was God’s will.  Oh, is not our God’s will sovereign?  Don’t the Bible say that none can resist his will?  By his grace then let us serve our generation and leave it all in God’s will to do nothing with it or little or if he is pleased do great things.   God’s will is all that matters.  Nothing else is worth talking about.

Let us serve our families by being patient when everything seems so dysfunctional.  Let us be kind and tender hearted and forgive one another daily.   Let us be faithful to the public worship of our God and Savior. This pleasure seeking generation has little regard for public worship.  What a service it may be to them to see and hear of the saints forsaking not the assembling of themselves together.  Above all else, tell them of Jesus the mighty to save. Preach to them that through this man there is forgiveness of all sins and all that believe in him are justified from all things. God give us grace to serve our own generation.

—-Bruce Crabtree

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Going Home Blessed

Luke 18: 9-14

Two men came to God’s house to worship.  One trusted in himself that he was righteous and despised others.  His time was geared to think on himself, his accomplishments, and his sacrifices.  He looked on the other man and thanked God he wasn’t like him.  He saw himself head and shoulders above other men.  He prayed with himself but went away believing he talked with God.  He bragged on himself and went away believing it was worship.  He came in comfortable and left the same way.

The other man was a publican.  He was a vile sinner and he knew it.  He came confessing his sins, fearing God, and looking for mercy.  This man went home justified.  This man went home blessed beyond his wildest expectations.  This man went home with a renewed vision of the glory of God in Christ.

These two men are representative of all who profess faith in God and enter into His house to worship.  These two men testify of the attitude of both the saved and the lost.  These two men show the results of true and false religion.  They both went to church:  One came to Christ

They both prayed; one with himself and the other with God.  They both went away feeling better:  One went away blessed.  Where do you fit into this picture?

—-Darvin Pruitt

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“SINNERS NEED A MIRACLE “

If a man is near-sighted, he only needs corrective glasses; but if he is BLIND, he needs a miracle only God can give– SIGHT! If a man is sick, he only needs medicinal aid; but if he is DEAD, he needs a miracle only God can give– LIFE! If a man has a weak heart, perhaps changing his diet and habits will improve his condition; but if he has a STONY HEART, a deceitful, desperately wicked heart, he needs this miracle-“a NEW HEART also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezek. 36:26-27).

Knowing these things to be true and knowing the desperate, depraved condition in which Adam’s fall has plunged all mankind, I believe, preach, and insist upon one solemn certain fact– “SALVATION IS OF THE LORD.” Let every son of Adam who reads these words come (like the leper in Matt. 8) to Christ and worship Him, saying, “LORD, IF THOU WILT, THOU CANST MAKE ME WHOLE!”–AND HE WILL!!                 

   Henry Mahan